A 17-year-old author of vampire pulp finds herself starring in real-life vampire pulp.
Since the first adventure of vampire hunter Scarlet Stain went bestseller, Nora's been living the dream. Far from the trailer park where she grew up with her single mother, Nora's at boarding school in Beverly Hills, surrounded by the high school glitterati. Roommate and BFF Abby's a B-movie actress, and luscious best boy pal Wyatt's a model. A book signing heats up when a smoldering, chocolate-eyed stranger appears among the blathering goth fans; seductive Reece Rothchild attempts to beguile her with his vampiric wiles, though Nora displays sensible distaste. But alas, Reece is an evil vampire, and he'll happily use Abby and Wyatt as weapons. The friends are more props than believable characters (readers’ introduction to Abby focuses on her "long, coltish legs” and “the bottom of her perfect butt poking out from under her nightshirt" followed by an honest-to-goodness dorm-room pillow fight—perhaps the B-movies are coming true just like the vampire pulp). Still, the rapid-paced prose (one-sentence paragraphs abound) moves fans of the undead quickly though this thin but entertaining offering.
Here’s hoping the profoundly unkind depiction of vamplit fans (Nora's "vannabe" readers are bedecked in "outdated frills" and give themselves names like Countess Cruella) won't insult the very readers who might enjoy the gory vamp silliness. (Horror. 13-17)